On Today’s Gospel

Posted: June 17, 2021 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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Let us make no mistake the evil one is lurking in the world seeking our downfall.  He has used many to preach the new gospel of ‘love’ of an even more merciful and loving ‘Jesus’ who embraces same sex marriages, abortions, euthanasia, assisted suicide and He wants us all to live a life of prosperity.  And so many are swayed by the lure and eloquence of such preachers!

Perhaps one way of looking at it is to ask this question, which parent would allow their children do just about whatever they want or whenever they want? To allow them to be freely exposed to corrupting influences that would lead to their self destruction? Would God our Heavenly Father allow the same for us? How does each of the above mentioned new age causes reflect the sanctity of life and do they perpetuate life itself? Is our Lord’s mercy and love  reflected in any of them?

Jesus was sent to save us from sin by dying on the cross for us. His mercy and love for us was one of great personal sacrifice so as to do the will of His Heavenly Father. Are we emulating His love and mercy the same way? Yes indeed we must be swift to forgive and we must love the sinner but never shall we love or condone the sin!

Abba Father in Heaven Your Will be done in my life now and forever. Help me as I strive to be Holy as You my Heavenly Father are Holy. Grant me every opportunity to receive Jesus in the Holy Eucharist so that I can be fully united with Him, with You Abba and the Holy Spirit. And just as You have been merciful and loving to me, so too shall I be merciful and loving to my brethren. Protect me and keep me free from all sin and temptation so that I may be worthy of the promises of Christ Jesus Your Son. Amen 

First reading

2 Corinthians 11:1-11

I was careful not to be a burden to you in any way

I only wish you were able to tolerate a little foolishness from me. But of course: you are tolerant towards me. You see, the jealousy that I feel for you is God’s own jealousy: I arranged for you to marry Christ so that I might give you away as a chaste virgin to this one husband. But the serpent, with his cunning, seduced Eve, and I am afraid that in the same way your ideas may get corrupted and turned away from simple devotion to Christ. Because any new-comer has only to proclaim a new Jesus, different from the one that we preached, or you have only to receive a new spirit, different from the one you have already received, or a new gospel, different from the one you have already accepted – and you welcome it with open arms. As far as I can tell, these arch-apostles have nothing more than I have. I may not be a polished speechmaker, but as for knowledge, that is a different matter; surely we have made this plain, speaking on every subject in front of all of you.

    Or was I wrong, lowering myself so as to lift you high, by preaching the gospel of God to you and taking no fee for it? I was robbing other churches, living on them so that I could serve you. When I was with you and ran out of money, I was no burden to anyone; the brothers who came from Macedonia provided me with everything I wanted. I was very careful, and I always shall be, not to be a burden to you in any way, and by Christ’s truth in me, this cause of boasting will never be taken from me in the regions of Achaia. Would I do that if I did not love you? God knows I do.

Gospel

Matthew 6:7-15

How to pray

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘In your prayers do not babble as the pagans do, for they think that by using many words they will make themselves heard. Do not be like them; your Father knows what you need before you ask him. So you should pray like this:

‘Our Father in heaven,

may your name be held holy,

your kingdom come,

your will be done,

on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

And forgive us our debts, as we have forgiven those who are in debt to us.

And do not put us to the test,

but save us from the evil one.

‘Yes, if you forgive others their failings, your heavenly Father will forgive you yours; but if you do not forgive others, your Father will not forgive your failings either.’

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